Shula’s Athletic Club—named for Don Shula, the NFL Hall of Famer who coached the Miami Dolphins to a Super Bowl trophy in 1972—doesn’t find it hard to fill its sprawling 40,000 square feet of space. A cardio room with more than 50 pieces of equipment, a spinning center, weight rooms, fitness-class studios, and basketball courts spread through the facility, luring athletes for independent workouts and personal-training sessions. Dozens of weekly fitness classes range from calorie-burning Zumba workouts and Vinyasa-yoga sessions to spin classes that help students practice for the day they have pedal-powered cars.
The athletic club also accommodates older exercisers with aquatic aerobics and seated Silver Sneakers workouts, and it keeps kids busy with confidence-building youth sports programs. Young legs run over a new 60-yard athletic field or nine lighted tennis courts where kids whack tennis balls and low-flying hot-air balloons with rackets.
For Latin-American food in Miami Lakes, there is no better restaurant than El Novillo on New Barn Road. Featuring cuisine inspired by South and Central America, El Novillo specializes in Nicaraguan food and features live musical entertainment every weekend. Come and try the steak and onions for a mouthwatering dinner entrée, or sample the Nicaraguan spin on chicken or steak fajitas. El Novillo has a children's menu, as well, making it a great place to take the whole family for a scrumptious meal with authentic Latin flavor. The banquet room at El Novillo can hold up to 80 guests, so bring a friend or bring a party and be assured that any size party will be served with a friendly smile and top-notch food at El Novillo.
"No rules, just right." That is the Outback Steakhouse motto, and when you visit Outback in Hialeah, you will find it rings true. Okay, so maybe there are a few rules—but the "just right" part applies to the portion sizes, the customer service, and the consistent quality you can expect from Outback. Start with a famous bloomin' onion to split at your table for a quirky, tasty take on traditional onion rings. Then, move on to one of the juicy steaks that Outback is renowned for, cooked to order. If you still have room after your hearty dinner, try one of the delectable desserts such as the chocolate thunder from down under. Fine quality food at affordable prices—what more could you ask for?
This is part of a nationwide chain delivering a wide selection of steaks, ribs, burgers and sandwiches. If you’re hungry, try the Outlaw Ribeye. The huge, 18 ounces of bone-in flavor will bring even the largest of appetites to their knees. Be sure to ask about the seasonal specials, though, which take advantage of fresh ingredients to create uniquely delicious options. Round out your meal with a couple of signature sides, which include the Steakhouse Mac and Cheese and Fresh Grilled Asparagus. For dessert, try the Chocolate Stampede to satisfy your sweet tooth. The full bar offers a full range of drinks to complement your meal.
Wine racks the color of warm wheat chaff crisscross the walls at Holleman’s Restaurant, the sleek bodies of the bottles reflecting servers as they slip through the dining room. The vessels, stamped with labels from France, Argentina, and Italy shimmer beneath visions of Black Angus steaks, fresh pasta, and racks of New Zealand lamb. From the kitchen drift the scents of garlic-and-rosemary demi-glace and cognac-and-peppercorn sauce. In that busy room, New York strip steak crackles against the open-flame grill and chefs busily mold crabcakes.
Beneath wrought-iron chandeliers, the high-topped tables are covered in crisp white cloths like ghosts appearing in traffic court. On some evenings, the smooth twang of an electric guitar fills the room, flitting softly beneath a crooning singer.
The burnt-orange walls of Parrillada el Gaucho echo the welcoming heat of the grills in the kitchen. There, steaks acquire charred stripes before they reach diners in several cuts, from rib eye to T-bone. Uruguayan-style parrillada meals layer impressive amounts of meats and garnishes on pans, often piling enough skewers of shrimp and crisp sausages for two. This traditional South American style of cooking typifies the warm, convivial venue, whose dining room is decorated with horseshoes and ranching artifacts. Though steaks remain its most popular offering, the menu also boasts entrees such as chicken parmesan and custom-mixed pastas, with housemade flan to bring meals to an authentically sweet conclusion. Party packages, late hours, and Friday-night musical performances conspire with tender bites, luring festive groups to tables without coaxing trails of confetti.